Talks & Masterclasses

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Talks & Masterclasses are based on Rosemary’s 40 years of experience of garden design and teaching. For more information or to book, email rosemary@englishgardeningschool.co.uk

Choose between:

A Tale of Two Gardens
Architecture of the Garden
Garden Design Today
Green is also a Colour
Colour in the Garden
Design your own Garden
Principles of Design
Principles of Planting
Roses and how to use them
Starting over
Thinking Beyond Plants
Masterclasses

A Tale of Two Gardens

A personal account of how two very different gardens were redesigned and planted. First discusses being a tenant of the National Trust, how the garden at Stoneacre in Kent was brought back to life, and how it has again changed under new ownership. Then the making of her new garden at Sandhill Farm House, now subject of many magazine articles and open several times per year. Although only one acre, there are seven different types of garden and planting within this small space.

Architecture of the Garden

An insight into both classic and contemporary methods of constructing paths, paving, steps, walls, trellis and fences plus water features, and includes choosing and using plants for structural effect.

Garden Design Today

A look at the work of today’s designers, what materials and features are currently used and how contemporary plant associations vary from those of yesteryear.

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Green is also a Colour

Foliage is the mainstay of any garden, the backdrop against which the more ephemeral flowers are set off. We look at suitable foliage for texture and form, then at how the huge variation of leaf colours enhance and intensify flower colours.

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Paeonia emodi and tulips

Colour in the Garden

Creating a garden through using artist’s techniques, exploring vertical and horizontal planes such as pergolas and paving. Understanding the colour wheel and how to use it for choosing plants for hot, cool, contrasting and single colour effects.

Design your own Garden

A professional approach to the layout and planting of gardens. How to assess what already you have and through different materials and plant groupings, create the gardens of your dreams. Both small and large gardens are considered.

Principles of Design

An insight into the different stages of professional garden design, from survey, experimenting with different layouts or themes, looking at horizontal surfaces and vertical features, water, lighting and garden furniture.

Principles of Planting

A professional approach to planting a garden. Soil, light, sun, shade, damp and dry conditions influence what can be grown. How to make the most of these and choose complimentary plants that will thrive and give all year round interest.

Roses and how to use them

An insight into climbers, ramblers, shrub and ground cover roses, looking at suitable varieties, how to use, grow and train or support them, plus plants that work well with them to give more impact or extend the flowering season.

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Starting over

An overview of making and maintaining a garden – describes how to tackle a new or neglected garden, considering first the layout and structure, then looking at existing planting and what to keep, what to discard or replace and why. Seasonal changes, ecological issues and some aspects of attracting wildlife, with particular reference to the recent makeovers at the National Trust garden, Stoneacre in Kent, and at Rosemary’s current garden in Hampshire.

Thinking Beyond Plants

Although gardens are primarily places for growing plants, there are many other components that are part of garden making today. We look at the horizontal and vertical manmade elements, such as terraces, walls, pergolas, pools and garden sculpture, and how these can be integrated in a garden to show off the plants to best advantage.

Masterclasses

Rosemary organises these masterclasses as required. The format is interactive classes where participants can work up a design or planting plan for their own use, either individually or in small groups. Numbers are normally limited to 30 people. They can take one to three days depending on the intensity and depth of class work. If you are interested in setting up a masterclass with Rosemary, please email rosemary@englishgardeningschool.co.uk for further details.